Epilogue When Does the “Heart” Take Over? Some Reflections on Archaeologies of the Heart

Exploring the Role of Emotion and Spirit in Archaeological Research and Practice
  • Margaret W. ConkeyEmail author


In this Epilogue to the volume, I consider what a heart-centered approach brings to an archaeology of the 21st century by drawing on “lessons from others”; that is, from three different mostly outside-of -archaeology sources who have considered in their own ways how we can be more heart-centered: one calls for more STEMpathy in our increasing technology-centered world. Another reminds us that, in history (as in archaeology) we have a great responsibility in remembering the past for the dead. And lastly, in keeping with the motivation for this entire volume, I remind our readers to consider deeply the contributions and ideas associated with both Indigenous and feminist archaeologies. I applaud this endeavor to take on more affective and open research practices.


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  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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